Cliff Eastham's Orioles All-Franchise Team

Cliff EasthamSenior Writer IIJuly 5, 2009

Cliff Eastham's Orioles All-Franchise Team

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    Welcome to my latest project! I am endeavoring to formulate the All-Time team in each franchise's history.

    A few parameters need to be established prior to beginning:

    First, no player will appear on more than one team. It is my sole decision as to which franchise to place a multi-team player.

    For example, even though Frank Robinson won the Triple Crown with the Baltimore Orioles, he spent more time and had higher numbers with the Cincinnati Reds. Plus, I am still pissed at the GM for trading him to Baltimore for Milt Pappas. But, I digress.

    Secondly, the player must have been with the franchise for a minimum of five years.

    Tenure is not the only criterion I will be using in placing a player within a franchise. His statistics could be higher in the other team's structure, or he may have earned more awards, etc.

    Third, this is also not just a "popularity" list, or my "favorite Orioles" list. It is based on statistics, longevity, and performance.

    Fourth, The Orioles are actually descendants of the St. Louis Browns, however I will also be doing an installment on the Browns. Therefore, the Oriole's franchise just trails back to 1954.

    Here is the Orioles Franchise All Time Team.

C—Gus Triandos (1955-62)

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1B—Eddie Murray (1977-88; 1996)

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2B—Davey Johnson (1965-72)

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3B—Brooks Robinson (1955-77)

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SS—Cal Ripken, Jr. (1981-2001)

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LF—Brady Anderson (1988-2001)

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CF—Paul Blair (1964-76)

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RF—Ken Singleton (1975-84)

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DH—John Powell

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Starter—Jim Palmer (1965-84)

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Starter—Mike Cuellar (1969-76)

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Starter - Dave McNally (1962-74)

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Starter—Mike Mussina (1991-2000)

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Starter—Scott McGregor (1976-88)

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Closer—Gregg Olson (1988-93)

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Setup—Tippy Martinez (1976-86)

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    Tippy Martinez was 52-40 with 105 saves for the Orioles. He had a 3.46 ERA while at Baltimore.

    He was named to the 1983 All Star team and was in the 1979 World Series.

             

    View the other All-Franchise teams that I have already completed:

    Orioles

    Yankees

    Red Sox

    Reds

    Rays

    Braves